China is spending over $500 billion to expand high-speed rail

January 2, 2017 by  
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China is planning some serious upgrades to its public transportation system in the next few years. By 2020, the country hopes to have increased its high-speed railway coverage by 18,650 miles. The project will cost an estimated 3.5 trillion yuan, or about $503 billion USD. Not only will the population be more mobile, but the rails will significantly cut down on carbon emissions and air pollution. Adding on 18,650 miles to a railway system is a humongous feat and difficult to comprehend. The expansion would be roughly the equivalent of driving from New York City to Los Angeles six and a half times. It will also connect 80 percent of the country’s biggest cities and leave room for further rural expansion. Related: Chinese firm aiming for world record with 373 mph maglev train Much of the existing and future high-speed rails are located in coastal and eastern regions of China. Yet, access to the west and poorer regions of the country are being considered for future investments, despite the fact that they will not be as profitable. “We believe these railway lines will break even over time as the flow of people and goods experience fast growth,” said Yang Yudong, administrator of the National Railway Administration. As a global observer, one of the most appealing aspects of the project is how much air pollution will be slashed by connecting a bustling population to efficient public transit. China has been battling smog for decades, and taking vehicles off the streets could be the piece of the puzzle needed to make lasting improvements. Via Clean Technica Images via Wikipedia , Wikimedia

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Hague railway station covered in a trippy diamond-patterned glass roof

February 17, 2016 by  
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London to get another Renzo Piano-designed tower at Paddington Station

October 23, 2015 by  
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Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy science fiction world

December 16, 2014 by  
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A fantastic light installation by artist Pablo Valbuena lit up the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris using light projectors, sounds systems and architecture to create a trippy artificial reality. Valbuena’s 546-yard-long Kinematope installation turned a railway station into a science fiction set that responds to its environment using light and sound that travel from one side to the other at varying speeds Read the rest of Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy science fiction world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation , interactive art , Kinematope , light and sound installation , light installation , nuit blanche , Pablo Valbuena , Paris , Paris public art , responsive art , responsive environment

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King’s Cross: Renovating London’s Largest Transport Hub

February 11, 2014 by  
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Designed by Lewis Cubitt and unveiled in 1852, London’s King’s Cross railway station is one of Britain’s biggest and most well-known transport hubs. The station took its name from the King’s Cross area of London; it’s named after a monument of King George IV that sat at the Cross Roads. Today, King’s Cross station provides long-distance overground train services to Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. The King’s Cross complex also includes King’s Cross St. Pancras underground station, which acts as the biggest Underground transport hub in London, providing connections to every single line in the Capital. Although separate buildings, the King’s Cross development also includes St. Pancras International . This station provides services that include the Midland Main Line, Eurostar services to France and beyond, and high-speed train services to Kent via High Speed 1. Read the rest of King’s Cross: Renovating London’s Largest Transport Hub Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: britain , green transportation , infrastructure , king’s cross renovation , Kings Cross Railway , London , railway , railway station , sustainable transportation , train station , train travel , transportation hub , transportation infrastructure , Urban design        

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700-Ton Historic Swiss Railway Station Moved 108 Feet to Make Way For New Track

July 19, 2013 by  
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When new roads or railways are constructed, any buildings standing in their way are usually demolished. However in Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland, local authorities were reluctant to knock down a 19th-century railway station to make way for a new track. Instead, they came up with a 1.3 million Euro plan to move the 700-ton station 108 feet out of the way! Read the rest of 700-Ton Historic Swiss Railway Station Moved 108 Feet to Make Way For New Track Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chêne-Bourg , Gare des Eaux-Vives , moving building , railway station , Switzerland        

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Naturally Daylit Guangzhou South Railway Station is a Critical Stop in China’s High Speed Network

November 4, 2011 by  
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